Azerbaijani Chess Club SOCAR has announced its lineup for the upcoming European Club Cup in Slovenia, extratime.az reported.
SOCAR captain, also the head coach of Azerbaijan, GM Vladimir Tukmakov, kept the core of the last year’s team but also introduced certain changes. Azerbaijan nationals Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Teimour Radjabov, Rauf Mamedov and Eltaj Safarli all remain with the club.
Of the foreign players, Candidate Matches finalist Alexander Grischuk and former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov continue the stint with SOCAR.
Alexei Shirov and newly crowned French champion Maxim Vachier-Lagrave will be replaced by Andrei Volokitin (Ukraine) and Emil Sutovsky (Israel).